GameChat – ST – Twins @ Red Sox, 6:05 pm, MLBN & am1500

A) I just love that the regular season is less than a week away!!!  I’m very excited about that.

B) Tonight’s game has the Mayor’s Cup riding on it – once again we’re down to a final game series decision.  Since the Red Sox have won the last 4 years in a row, I really do think the Twins are due – I hope they play like it!

Minnesota @ Boston
Span, CF   Pedroia, 2B
Nishioka, 2B   Crawford, LF
Mauer, C   Youkilis, 3B
Morneau, DH   Gonzalez, A, 1B
Young, D, LF   Ortiz, D, DH
Kubel, RF   Cameron, M, RF
Cuddyer, 1B   Saltalamacchia, C
Valencia, 3B   Lowrie, SS
Casilla, A, SS   McDonald, Da, CF
Duensing, P   Matsuzaka, P


The Mayor's Cup (Photo Rhett Bollinger,

OK, maybe it doesn’t warrant THAT much enthusiasm, but since it’s the last Mayor’s Cup, it means the Twins take permanent possession right?

The Red Sox move to their new Lee County complex next season and apparently since it’s outside of Ft. Myers, itself, there will be a new trophy involved in the annual spring training series between the Twins and Red Sox.

I’m not sure if the late come from behind win for the Twins gives us much confidence when facing the Red Sox this season, but at the very least you have to like Rochester’s chances against Pawtucket! It also was pretty funny to see the young kids knock around old BitchSox closer Bobby Jenks, too.

Here’s the linescore:

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 9 14 1
Boston 0 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 8 13 3

Sunday afternoon, the Evil Empire takes on the Twins in Ft. Myers.

Spring Training Photos

I’ve already posted several photos taken during my trip to Ft. Myers, but I thought the weekend would be a good time to put up a couple of slideshows.

So here they are… old friends like Tom Kelly, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Paul Molitor, and Tom Brunansky… future Twins like Aaron Hicks, Joe Benson, Max Kepler and James Beresford… along with all of the current Twins we’re going to be watching at Target Field all summer long. Most you will recognize instantly… others you’ll have to learn to get to know.